Notes

On Guestbooks and things…

Guestbook

A guestbook is a funny old thing. You go back into it every few months and fondly remember the guests who stayed and remembered to fill in the guestbook. Some leave a message very quietly and you get a pleasant surprise because the kind sentence is just there while others leave their message when they are settled up and on their mission to the next destination. And once in a while you have a really special entry like the one made by Archbishop Tutu on his visit to Swellendam. It is special because he is a busy man, in sensitive health, and yet he took time to sign his name, give us a blessing and paid...

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It was a very good day…

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Here are some images of the visit to our Swellendam Guesthouse by Archbishop Tutu. What a phenomenal person. We are all quite inspired by his presence and kind words. More images to follow but for now...

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The Gift

The Tutu Plate

The gift for Archbishop Tutu and his wife, Leah, has emerged from the kiln. And it is a beauty. Leading South African ceramic artist and our neighbor, John Newdigate, agreed to create a large platter for the Tutu family to remember the day by. The decision was to create something which is not merely a decoration or memento but a very functional item which can become part of daily life for the family. Hence a super large platter.   Depicting natural and organic shapes in his work, artist John Newdigate creates gloriously vibrant pieces in his ceramic bowl and vase collection. Using...

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First banners…

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The first of the banners are going up for the Tutu event next week and it looks great. Next up will be the lamp post banners and those will be up for nearly a year. Its always a thrill when items which you designed on the computer suddenly appear in real life and they look just perfect.

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Keeping Fit

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We got a nice pic this morning from Benny Gool. It shows Archbishop Tutu on his morning jog in Soweto. And in case you were wondering, we are sprinting to the deadline ourselves: Arch Tutu will be in Swellendam in a week and a half! 23 October is the red-letter-day and banners will start going up from this week in preparation for the event. Arch has always been extremely vocal on the need to stay in fine physical form and has always been happy to show off his own fitness levels as this pic from Michelle Obama's visit to Cape Town illustrates. Arch dropped and did some pushups with Mrs Obama. There...

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Happy Birthday to our first Leader of color

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...and it wasn't Mandela. Simon van der Stel was born on 14 October 1639 in Mauritius, the son of Adrian van der Stel, a Dutch East India Company (DEIC) official and Maria Lievens, the daughter of a freed slave. Widely known for his development of the South African wine industry, van der Stel was also the first Cape Governor to be of mixed race-origin, a fact that was largely unacknowledged by the Apartheid government. Adriaan was appointed the first Dutch governor of Mauritius in 1639. Simon was born at sea while his father was en route to Mauritius to take up his new posting.Adriaan...

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Happy Birthday Archbishop Tutu

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We are so excited. On 23 October we will be hosting Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu at the guesthouse on their visit to Swellendam to receive the honorary citizenship of the town.  We have been working on this event for a year, from the first letter to the Tutu Foundation, to discussing it with the mayor, to organising the various elements of the day's activities. Today is Mr Tutu's birthday. We wish him the very best for the year ahead and we look forward to meeting them in Swellendam later this month. Why do we love Tutu? Here are a few reasons... ON GAY RIGHTS... Speaking...

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Ingrid Jonker – Roos van Jou Mond by Niki Romijn

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Sit back, relax, and let Dutch songbird Niki Romijn's calming and peaceful Roos van Jou Mond's celebration of beloved Ingrid Jonker transport you on a nostalgic journey. Romance at its most passionate and heartfelt, Roos van Jou Mond was in Swellendam last night to great acclaim. About 12 years ago Dutch artist Niki fell in love with the poems of Ingrid Jonker. This admiration resulted in two CDs and Roos van Jou Mond, which toured The Netherlands for three years and is now evoking fond memories for Capetonians. To commemorate this event, Niki Romijn and bass player Erik Robaard pay special...

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Our Man in the Design Seat

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Having a nice relaxing break from it all, our friend and regular guest Andrea was with visiting this past weekend to have a small break from the preparations that go into  Cape Town World Design Capital 2014. Andrea is one of the curators of the project and we hope that one day he can bring some of that know-how to Swellendam for a small project or two... Andrea, moved to Cape Town 9 years ago from Turin in Italy, he is a graphic designer and art director and has worked in social co-operatives and development agencies for more than 15 years.  He has extensive experience in developing communication...

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A new recording of Satie is always a reason for joy at Augusta. The piano four-hands form has a long and distinguished history with many major symphonic works by Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky published in this form for a wide domestic market. For many years the great classical composers’ works had appeared in this form, including works by Mozart and Schubert, who wrote specifically for piano four-hands. In the days before LPs, CDs and MP3s this was how music was heard in the home. This CD of Satie's Complete Works for Four Hands contains some of Satie’s most important works – Parade,...

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